U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Brazil launch, together with Agência Lupa, a free fact-checking training for journalists and students
FactCheckLab, launched November 14, is a free training program on content production and fact-checking techniques for journalists and journalism students from the five regions of Brazil. Sponsored by the U.S. Embassy and Consulates and conducted by the educational arm of the fact-checking organization Agência Lupa, the program will have online and classroom phases. The online trainings will be offered in closed Facebook groups and the in-person classes will be carried out in the following capitals: Rio de Janeiro-RJ (Southeast), Porto Alegre-RS (South), Salvador-BA (Northeast), Brasília-DF (Midwest), and Manaus-AM (North). The program will start in January 2020 and will last nine months.
After the training phase, winners of the five best projects – one from each country’s region – will win a professional exchange trip to the United States. “Building journalistic capacity is important for a free and independent press, an essential ingredient to a thriving democracy. We enthusiastically support Agência Lupa’s fact-checking workshops, as we seek to expand ties between Brazil and the United States,” says Sarah Saperstein, Information Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro.
Learn more about the program and how to participate using this link.